Incidents of lymphoma are increasing annually. While the principle cause for this is unknown, there are several risk factors that may increase susceptibility for developing the disease. These include:
- Persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a much higher risk of developing lymphoma.
- Persons in farming communities may be at higher risk because ofdue to exposure to herbicides and pesticides.
- The Epstein-Barr virus has been associated with lymphoma
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma include:
- Painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin
- Persistent fatigue
- Recurrent high fever
- Sweating at night
- Troublesome itching
- Weight loss
Among the most common symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma are:
- Painless swelling of the lymph nodes
- Night sweats
- Excessive tiredness
- Indigestion and abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Bone pain
For more information on lymphoma prevention, contact the Norton Cancer Institute Prevention & Early Detection Program at 1-800-555-6772 or (502) 629-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A health care professional will research and respond to your question within 48-hours. Exceptions may include weekends and holidays.